Ajahn Pasanno begins this talk with two similes from the Aṇgutara Nikāya: three kinds of mind (like an open sore, lightning, or diamond, AN III.25) and three kinds of medical patients (AN III.22). He then contrasts the noble and ignoble searches for contentment and well-being. Investing tremendous amounts of energy seeking material comfort leads to happiness that vanishes like a flash in the pan. In contrast, the noble search begins with investigating the nature of dis-ease and dissatisfaction and leads to stable, unalloyed well-being that is truly worth the effort. This teaching was given on October 8, 2012 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.
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